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Church of England anti-racism body warned that religious selection of pupils can be racially discriminatory

November 26, 2020
Church of England anti-racism body warned that religious selection of pupils can be racially discriminatory

The Accord Coalition has asked the Church of England’s new Anti-Racism Taskforce to raise awareness of how religious selection of pupils by some Church Schools is dividing and privileging families on the grounds of race, to help ensure Church authorities tackle the issue and better advance racial equality.

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Department for Education approves discriminatory faith school in the name of “choice” despite strong local opposition

November 12, 2020
Department for Education approves discriminatory faith school in the name of “choice” despite strong local opposition

The Government has lent its approval to a new faith-based secondary free school in the town of Soham, in East Cambridgeshire, against the wishes of the local County Council.

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Inquiry finds Catholic authorities placed preservation of their reputation ahead of dealing with child sex abuse

November 11, 2020
Inquiry finds Catholic authorities placed preservation of their reputation ahead of dealing with child sex abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its report into how Catholic authorities in England and Wales have dealt with child sexual abuse and offered a range of damning conclusions.

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Trainee Religious Education teacher grants axed in England

November 4, 2020
Trainee Religious Education teacher grants axed in England

The UK Government has slashed the grants it provides to trainee secondary school teachers across a range of subjects, including RE, despite a long standing shortage of RE specialists in schools.

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Ofsted maintains expectation that faith schools teach sex education and about LGBT relationships

October 20, 2020
Ofsted maintains expectation that faith schools teach sex education and about LGBT relationships

The Accord Coalition has urged the Government to do more to defend schools and education authorities from attack for upholding their equality duties, as Ofsted continues to defend its expectations around sex education and LGBT inclusivity.

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